2018 NAC General Membership Meeting

The Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering

The National Armaments Consortium (NAC) has been awarded a follow-on 10-year, $10 billion ordnance technology development and prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA).  This agreement renews and extends three previous agreements. The new agreement was signed during the 2018 NAC General Membership Meeting, bringing the DoD’s Armaments Community together in a unique collaborative environment.
The NAC General Membership meeting is the largest annual forum where government, industry and academia, come together, to exchange information relating to the research, development and prototyping of critical armaments and ordnance systems. This year’s meeting was held April 11-13 in Crystal City, VA and hosted a record-breaking 776 representatives from different government and industry areas.
The first day of events included an agenda full of noteworthy speakers including the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the Honorable Dr. Michael D. Griffin; the Director at US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Mr. John F. Hedderich III; Program Executive Director for Ammunition, Brig. Gen. Alfred  Abramson; Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, Rear Adm. Douglas W. Small; and Chief Engineer for PEO Missiles and Space, Mr. Dale Moore.

Army Futures Panel at the NAC General Membership Meeting

Army Futures Panel

Major Gen. Jim Richardson, Director, Process Innovation and Integration, provided a brief on the Army Futures Command’s priorities. He stressed that the one simple focus of the Futures Command is to make soldiers and units more lethal. Major Gen. Richardson was followed by three of the Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) leads, Brig. Gen. Stephen Maranian, Long Range Precisions Fires CFT, Brig. Gen. David Lesperance, Next Generation Combat Vehicles CFT, and Brig. Gen. Christopher Donahue, Soldier Lethality CFT. The panel discussed their challenges as it relates to DoD modernization goals and the urgent need for science and technology to be obtained rapidly in order to meet the needs of today’s warfighters.

Colonel Garry Haase, addressing the NAC General Membership Meeting

Colonel Garry Haase, Commander and
Director for Munitions for Air Force Research

Colonel Gary Haase, Commander and Director for Munitions for Air Force Research Laboratory discussed Weapon Technology Solutions for the Current and Future Fight and how important the NAC/DOTC collaboration is to obtaining technology for the good of the warfighter:

“When someone from industry tells me they have a great new solution, I always ask, ‘Do you work with NAC-DOTC? Because that’s a great way for you to get your technology to me.’”
-Col Garry Haase

Day 2 included over 135 briefings regarding DOTC FY19 Annual Plan Technology Requirements. Requirement owners briefed their specific prototype needs in order to achieve mission effectiveness.
Day 3 concluded the meeting with over 530 One-on-One meetings where attendees came together to discuss requirements, challenges, and opportunities in a unique collaborative environment.

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Save the Date: April 9-13, 2018

2018 Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program Spring Review Meeting

April 9-13, 2018

Please save the week of 9 – 13 April 2018 for the Joint Insensitive Munitions Technology Program Spring Review Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Landing, on Hill Air Force Base, just north of Salt Lake City, UT in Layton. Room blocks at several hotel properties, at per diem rate, will also be available. The invitation and logistics details are being worked and should be released in mid to late February next year.

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50th DoD Fuze IPT Meeting

April 3-5, 2018

The 50th DoD Fuze IPT Meeting will be held on April 4, 2018 at the Booz Allen Hamilton Crystal Square 2 facility located at 1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA and will be open to NAC Members. In addition to the meeting, the DoD Fuze Leaders would like to offer individual NAC member companies an opportunity to solicit a 1-on-1 session with the DoD Fuze IPT Membership, April 3 & 5, 2018. Specific registration and agenda information is available on the NAC Members Only website.

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